Five Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is May 8th this year. That means you have all of two weeks to get your thoughtful card and gift. Luckily, I have some suggestions/ideas for you-and of course, they’re from small business owners like myself.

1.  For the For the Wine Lover Mother: $15.95cascadecoolers-2
If mom loves wine, then she’ll love this extra thick 5mm Insulated Neoprene 2 Bottle Sleeve. Just make sure you fill it with her favorite wines. Even better- take mom wine tasting and bring a few of these to carry your wine purchases home in. You can order them here.


2. For the #DIY & Home Cook Mom- $9.99


Did you read the article about the girl who lost her eye because glitter got into it?  If you have a #DIY kind of mom then it’s your duty to get these for her. They’re marketed as onion goggles and they are wonderful at preventing tears due to onion fumes or even smoke from cooking or barbecuing. However, they are also perfect for protecting your eyes during crafting moments that involve spray-paint and/or glitter. They come in black and purple. You can order them here or click on the image above. I use mine for all #DIY projects. Of course, I have purple-my favorite color.


3. The Flower Loving Mom: Get Personal, Sentimental… 10.99+

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Most moms love flowers. There are a couple of options here:

  1. Bring or send Mom flowers AND send her a card that you’ve designed yourself with an image of the flowers you sent her on it. You can do this on Just click on the image of the flower you’d like to use and then add your own personal saying or poem to the card. Mom will not only get beautiful flowers for Mother’s Day but she’ll have a card to remember them by, long after the flowers have gone.
  2.  Order merchandise with her favorite flowers on it. You can order all sorts of merchandise from with mom’s fav flower on it: jewelry boxes, T-shirts, coasters, aprons, and of course photographs or canvas prints. There are non-flower images you can use on the site, too. Just use the search bar on the site to look for images of places and things you’d like to put on your card.


4. The Tech Mom: Flexible Smartphone Holders-3 for $23.98

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These Cell Phone holders are great for tech geek moms. Mold them into any shape you like. Take them with you on the go. Strap them to your stroller, bike, step machine at the gym or sit them on your office desk. Order here or click the image above to get a 3 pack including a black one, white one and purple one. I use mine to hold my smartphone in my car, one for my desk at work and one at home for when I’m following recipes in the kitchen.

5. The Etsy Mom: You Can Fine Everything for Mom on Etsy

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You can find anything and everything for mom on Etsy. It’s one of the best ways to support artists and small business. I’ve put together a treasury here for you to order from. When in doubt, you can also get mom a gift certificate to Etsy, too!






Two Items You Will Absolutely Need This Holiday Season (Stock Up Now)

  1. Wise Chef Chip Clips- Available Only on Amazon: $8.95
    overheadZiploc bags don’t cut it; let’s face it. You buy in bulk from Costco (meat, cheese, muffins, cupcakes, cookies, everything) and you still feel the need to triple saran everything and double bag just to make sure no air gets in. Your food is stale and has freezer burn in no time.Alas, no need to suffer (or curse very, very loudly). Now all you need is one bag and one of these Wise Chef Chip clips and voila! your bag is 100% sealed.  I have half a loaf of sourdough bread I bought at the farmer’s market a week and a half ago in my Wise Chef Clipped Bag and that thing is still fresh. I’m amazed.

    You get 12 of these bad boys per package to accommodate various sized bags but you might need a couple of packs of them this holiday season if you’re a baker and especially if you have lots of leftovers from the various dinners and parties you’re having, or going to, this holiday season (Hello, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah).

  2. Cascade Cooler Beverage Totes (Available Only on Amazon): $7.95 for a Limited Time Only
    HalloweenCascadeCooler-26If your holiday schedule is jam packed with parties like mine is for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, then you really need at least a couple of these Cascade Cooler Wine Totes (fits many regular sized glass bottle beverage bottles).

    They’re padded bags (5mm Neoprene, thicker than their competitors) and they ensure your bottles don’t roll around in the car and/or break. Nothing sends more chills down my spine than expensive bottles of wine and/or liquor clanging and rolling around or breaking in the trunk, back seat, or driver’s seat. These bags keep your bottles safe.

    If you’re purchasing multiple bottles of wine for parties, then you definitely need a few of these. Even if you’re not driving, the comfy handle makes sure that walking to the party with heavy bottles isn’t torturous…perfect for people who live in big cities.

    And best of all…they’re only $7.95, down 68% from the original price. I don’t expect that price to last long so stock up now.


My New Summer Accessory: A Must For All You DIY Peeps, Artists, Cooks and Professional BBQ Masters

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A couple of months ago, I was asked to photograph some product shots for these Wise Chef Premium Onion Goggles above. As a product photographer, I get to keep the goods after I photograph them…and I have to tell you, these things have been useful.  It’s one of those things you didn’t know you needed until you had them…and used them. And I use them every single day.

They’re for sale on Amazon only and the product advertises:

  • ELIMINATES TEARS AND STINGING EYES- Our Onion Goggles allow you to chop and dice in Comfort
  • FOAM PADDED RIMS- Allow a snug and comfortable fit while keeping those nasty vapors out.
  • NOT JUST FOR CHOPPING ONIONS- These Onion Goggles are Great for gardening and cutting grass for those with allergies.
  • GREAT FOR BBQ OR OPEN FIRE COOKING-Your clothes might stink but your eyes won’t sting.
  • CHEF RECOMMENDED-Whether you’re a pro in a restaurant or a Mom at home, our Onion Goggles are the answer your Tear up problems!

But I’ll tell you what, being the DIYer and artist that I am, I’ve found other uses:

  • PROTECTS YOUR EYES WHILE SANDING FURNITURE & WALLS  (the eye part is sealed all around so no dust particles)
  • PROTECTS EYES WHILE SPRAY PAINTING AND SPRAY GLUING  (I often frame my own photographs and use spray glue and repaint furniture)
  • WOODWORK- no sawdust or wood chips in my eyes! YES!
  • PROTECTS FROM ALL EYE IRRITANTS that are messy and can potentially involve chemicals, dust, smoke, particles, or chips getting in your eyes. I’ve given these to my Dad who lives in Florida because he’s always spraying bug spray or cleaning with harsh cleaners. I can’t get him to wear a mask, so I have him at least wear these.

And according to my motorcycle enthusiast friends, these glasses/goggles are great for when you’re riding sans helmet -which I’m not a fan of, but at least they have some sort of protective gear. (Don’t the bugs still get in your mouth/teeth? YUCK)

If you have sensitive eyes and are constantly getting into messes like I am, these glasses are your new best friend. You’re welcome.